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supply road to a town in the donetsk region. and, in her own words, britney spears finally publishes her memoir "the woman in me". french president emmanuel macron is in israel where he's met israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. in the last hour or so, the men held a joint news conference. mr macron said france would not leave israel "isolated" in its fight against hamas — and proposed widening the existing international coalition against the islamic state group to include the fight against hamas. mr netanyahu thanked france for its support, and again vowed to destroy hamas, but warned that the war may take some time.
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earlier president macron met president isaac herzog, and said releasing hostages must be the �*first objective�* in israel's war in gaza. against terrorism. i think this is our duty, to fight against terrorism. without this, escalating this conflict and i accept the warnings... targeting these groups and ordering targeted attacks is a necessity. i want you to make sure that we stand shoulder to make sure that we stand shoulder to shoulder with you, and your nation. we'll do whatever we can to ensure peace, security and stability for your country.
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emmanuel macron is the latest leader to visit israel with the hope of de—escalating the crisis. at least 12 british nationals are known to have been killed in that attack and further numbers are missing. some of those right back may also have been killed while others are thought to have been kidnapped by hamas. that comes as the prime minister is office updated ministers this the prime minister is office updated ministe , ., , ministers this morning they were believed to _ ministers this morning they were believed to be _ ministers this morning they were believed to be six _ ministers this morning they were believed to be six hostages - ministers this morning they were believed to be six hostages was. ministers this morning they were i believed to be six hostages was not correct. correction from number 10 downing street, at least ten british
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nationals are known to have been killed in hamas on the 7th of october and further numbers are still missing. emmanuel macron is the latest leader to visit israel with the hope of de—escalating the crisis. he's also due to meet palestinian leader mahmoud abbas. so, which countries are key when it comes to finding a resolution — to the humanitarian crisis, the release of the hostages — and indeed longer term stability in the region. our reporter azadeh moshiri has more. letting a close look at egypt and qatar in particular. in 2021 there was a serious conflict between israel and hamas. thousands of work
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permits for gazans to work in israel was secured in this conflict. individually, egypt was the very first arab country to make peace with israel in the late 70s. and, it controls the rafah, saying and this is critical to getting aid across the border into gaza. because of this they have already secured multiple hostage releases. like everything else in this war, their role is complicated. they have faced criticism from the west for years for hosting taliban. before they swept back to power in afghanistan. they are hosting several leaders in qatar. the leader of hamas lives there today. a member of the ruling
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family who spoke to the bbc and a personal capacity. the family who spoke to the bbc and a personal capacity-— family who spoke to the bbc and a personal capacity. the only thing we can see in the _ personal capacity. the only thing we can see in the actions _ personal capacity. the only thing we can see in the actions of _ personal capacity. the only thing we can see in the actions of cat - personal capacity. the only thing we can see in the actions of cat is - can see in the actions of cat is that it views its relations with hamas as a mediator and as a way to find resolution and get long lasting peaceful palestinians, for israelis and for a two state resolution. there are fears that this could escalate into a wider conflict across the region and there are nervous eyes on iran's actions. for more on that, joining me live are ali alfoneh, senior fellow at the arab gulf states institute in washington, and philippe djeleeh — foreign editor at the french newspaper le figaro.
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i read iread in i read in a french newspaper describing macron�*s visit as a belated one, is it too little too late? ~ �* , , ., ., late? well, it's definitely too late. at least _ late? well, it's definitely too late. at least for _ late? well, it's definitely too late. at least for the - late? well, it's definitely too late. at least for the israeli l late? well, it's definitely too i late. at least for the israeli side of the visit. i think that we have in france the largestjewish community in europe. we had 30 people died in those hamas attacks. the president should havejumped on this plane much earlier. just to show solidarity with the israeli people. that would have given him the legitimacy to express the worry
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and to not escalate the military response against gaza. now, coming afterjoe biden and rishi sunak and others, it's trying to balance between the two sides. he has a special team... between the two sides. he has a specialteam... i5 between the two sides. he has a special team. . ._ between the two sides. he has a special team. .. is president macron afiuned special team. .. is president macron aligned with — special team. .. is president macron aligned with other— special team. .. is president macron aligned with other european - special team. .. is president macron i aligned with other european leaders? is there a continuity or consistency amongst other eu leaders about how to approach this crisis? yes. amongst other eu leaders about how to approach this crisis?— to approach this crisis? yes, deep down they are _ to approach this crisis? yes, deep down they are all _ to approach this crisis? yes, deep down they are all worried - to approach this crisis? yes, deep down they are all worried about i to approach this crisis? yes, deep. down they are all worried about the region exploding. an extension of the conflict to lebanon and were read also buy the game iran is
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playing. the french president coming late wants to be useful, so always he is trying to do a little more than others. for instance, he will meet with the palestinian head of authority today, there is no one else in the list and the inside to meet at this point. he will also meet at this point. he will also meet several other arab leaders tomorrow in another capital in the region. this he wants to show to the french public. region. this he wants to show to the french public— region. this he wants to show to the french public. president mccrann has manaued french public. president mccrann has mana . ed to french public. president mccrann has managed to get _ french public. president mccrann has managed to get a _ french public. president mccrann has managed to get a meeting _ french public. president mccrann has managed to get a meeting with - french public. president mccrann has managed to get a meeting with arab| managed to get a meeting with arab leaders thatjoe biden and rishi sunak have not been able to. i’m leaders that joe biden and rishi sunak have not been able to. i'm not
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entirely sure — sunak have not been able to. i'm not entirely sure that _ sunak have not been able to. i'm not entirely sure that the _ sunak have not been able to. i'm not entirely sure that the order - sunak have not been able to. i'm not entirely sure that the order in - entirely sure that the order in which — entirely sure that the order in which foreign leaders visit is all for all— which foreign leaders visit is all for all that much importance. what really— for all that much importance. what really matters is what solutions they are — really matters is what solutions they are bringing to the table. president macron is bringing something to the table that none of the others — something to the table that none of the others have brought to the table — the others have brought to the table. that is to give the palestinians an alternative. yes, fighting — palestinians an alternative. yes, fighting terrorists is extremely important but so is giving hope to the palestinian population that there _ the palestinian population that there is— the palestinian population that there is also a political solution to the — there is also a political solution to the crisis between the israeli people — to the crisis between the israeli people and the palestinian people. this is_ people and the palestinian people. this is why, i believe, the visit from _ this is why, i believe, the visit from president macron is extremely important _ from president macron is extremely important and perhaps even more fruitful— important and perhaps even more fruitful than the visits of other leaders — fruitful than the visits of other leaders. 35m fruitful than the visits of other leaders. �* , , , , . leaders. an interesting perspective. there are many _ leaders. an interesting perspective. there are many things _ leaders. an interesting perspective. there are many things that - leaders. an interesting perspective. there are many things that visiting l there are many things that visiting leaders have gone to try and achieve the most pressing is to ensure that
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humanitarian aid can reach up gaza. some has started to cross over, other regional players have a massive role to play in this. let me ask you about egypt to begin with as they are key to getting this aid across. , , ., ,., ., , across. the egyptian government has not done anything — across. the egyptian government has not done anything without _ across. the egyptian government has not done anything without prior - not done anything without prior consultation with the united states and with— consultation with the united states and with the government of israel. in and with the government of israel. in that _ and with the government of israel. in that sense, the government of egypt _ in that sense, the government of egypt has — in that sense, the government of egypt has been incredible. i also hope _ egypt has been incredible. i also hope that— egypt has been incredible. i also hope that the government of qatar can receive — hope that the government of qatar can receive its credit for resolving some _ can receive its credit for resolving some of— can receive its credit for resolving some of the matters with regard to hostages — some of the matters with regard to hostages i— some of the matters with regard to hostages. i do believe that regional governments, in particular the arab governments, in particular the arab governments, are playing an
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important role in this crisis. you mentioned _ important role in this crisis. you mentioned qatar _ important role in this crisis. gm. mentioned qatar there, let's talk about how important they've been. it is a fine line as some others say that qataris are haute hosting members of hamas stop this that qataris are haute hosting members of hamas stop this has not been without — members of hamas stop this has not been without prior _ members of hamas stop this has not been without prior consultation - members of hamas stop this has not been without prior consultation with | been without prior consultation with the us— been without prior consultation with the us and — been without prior consultation with the us and israel. they are playing the us and israel. they are playing the role _ the us and israel. they are playing the role of— the us and israel. they are playing the role of the mediator. there is also quick— the role of the mediator. there is also quick to sell —— criticism of iran's_ also quick to sell —— criticism of iran's position. sometimes, governments like them one of qatar can he _ governments like them one of qatar can he very— governments like them one of qatar can be very useful in solving issues by playing — can be very useful in solving issues by playing the role of mediator. how
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im ortant by playing the role of mediator. how important is — by playing the role of mediator. how important is this _ by playing the role of mediator. firm" important is this visit for president macron for his domestic audience, the pez french population. the largestjewish population in europe as well as the largest muslim population in europe lives in france. . ., population in europe lives in france. ., ., ., france. the core explanation of the dela had france. the core explanation of the delay had mr _ france. the core explanation of the delay had mr backgrounds - france. the core explanation of the delay had mr backgrounds visit - france. the core explanation of the delay had mr backgrounds visit wasj delay had mr backgrounds visit was precisely not to escalate things in france or position himself against the muslim community. there has been a lot of demonstration in france, all the time it's taken him to get there was let to the streets and the divisions have deepened in that time. it will be very difficult from
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president macron to be applauded by either side now i'm afraid. he went to give a message of peace, to try and obtain an humanitarian truce. now, seeing him stood next to benjamin netanyahu he was converted into a warrior offering help in the coalition. his position is optically clear at this point. light wrapping up clear at this point. light wrapping up that conversation but thank you so much to both of you. more than a hundred palestinians killed in overnight air strikes
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according to the gaza health ministry. as over 200 hostages continue to be held as they were taken in israel on october seven. we have more on that story later. bbc news bringing you different stories from across the uk. here i am in the early stages of sculpting the portrait of the queen in clay, and i'm surrounded by my inspiration wall of the queen portrayed in the 1950s and early 60s. sculptor pratley has been working on this memorial of queen elizabeth, the second since january. from clay to wax and now to bronze. this is the next major milestone in creating the seven foot statue here. the ceramic shell of the queen's head and other parts of the sculpture have
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been surrounded by sand. so melted bronze heated to 150 degrees can be poured in when it's called. it's time for the moment of truth. public sculpture, i think, is something so important for the well being the cultural wellbeing and life of the country, and to have an opportunity to sculpt the late queen elizabeth as my first public sculpture was just incredible for me. the statue is expected to go on display early next year. for more stories from across the uk, head to the bbc news website. a bbc investigation has found authorities failed to act on multiple warnings about a website promoting suicide and connected to at least 50 deaths in the uk. the site, which we are not naming, is easily accessible to anyone online — including children.
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we are covering the story of people taken their own lives afterjoining a pro—suicide forum. this person bought poison and ended her life in january after having a full life and a following and tick—tock. we've discovered that the authorities have known about this site for years. we have seen multiple reports to government from coroners. truths; have seen multiple reports to government from coroners. why is nothina government from coroners. why is nothing being _ government from coroners. why is nothing being done? _ government from coroners. why is nothing being done? when - government from coroners. why is nothing being done? when will. nothing being done? when will something be done about this? how many— something be done about this? how many lives _ something be done about this? how many lives have got to be lost?
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former — many lives have got to be lost? former home secretary, his own brother died of suicide. the intent of this and how _ brother died of suicide. the intent of this and how dangerous - brother died of suicide. the intent of this and how dangerous it - brother died of suicide. the intent of this and how dangerous it is - of this and how dangerous it is leading — of this and how dangerous it is leading to _ of this and how dangerous it is leading to countless _ of this and how dangerous it is leading to countless lives - of this and how dangerous it isi leading to countless lives being lost globally. _ leading to countless lives being lost globally, not _ leading to countless lives being lost globally, not just _ leading to countless lives being lost globally, notjust here - leading to countless lives being lost globally, notjust here in l leading to countless lives being i lost globally, notjust here in the uk. lost globally, notjust here in the uk it— lost globally, notjust here in the uk it requires— lost globally, notjust here in the uk. it requires action. _ lost globally, notjust here in the uk. it requires action. this - lost globally, notjust here in the uk. it requires action.— uk. it requires action. this is known only — uk. it requires action. this is known only to _ uk. it requires action. this is known only to well, - uk. it requires action. this is known only to well, they've l uk. it requires action. this is - known only to well, they've been campaigning to change things. one of the forums founders is the target of these campaigns. we managed to type track him down in alabama. one of the reasons the site is still up is
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because the authorities say they don't know who's behind it but we know that this man helped to set it up know that this man helped to set it up and he lives just there. we wait into the night and for two more full days. hi, i'm from the bbc and i want to talk to you about the suicide forum that you set up. hundreds of people have died after you set that up. children set have been going on this. have you got anything to say to the relatives of the dead. the government says the new online safety bill should tackle this kind of site. the forum has already said that it won't comply and it remains up, preying on the vulnerable. (pres)if you've been affected by any of the issues raised here,
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you can visit the bbc action line, which has details of organisations which can help, including urgent support. the address is on screen now or you can call forfree to hear recorded information on 0800 066 066. if you're a britney spears fan, then you can finally get your hands on her autobiography. called "the woman in me", excerpts from the book have been widely circulated ahead of the launch, detailing her views on her career, her relationship with her famous exjustin timberlake and, of course, the years she spent living under a conservatorship. here in london the book was unveiled to fans at an event at a drag club. here's the reaction from some of her fans. it's incredible to finally have britney's truth, in her own words, in my hands. this has been a long time coming. the last few years, we haven't really known what is going on with her. we have only had one side of the story, a very placid view. this is the truth and i am so happy to have it in my hands. it's like britney being able to tell her own story, nobody speaking for her. her speaking for herself. i'm excited because i want to know what's been going on with her- for the last few years. hopefully this will let us know. i'm joined now by
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jennifer otter bickerdike. she's written a book about britney spears �*being britney: pieces of a modern icon'. she's also a music historian. which parts of the book of you find interesting so far?— interesting so far? thank you so much for having _ interesting so far? thank you so much for having me, _ interesting so far? thank you so much for having me, the - interesting so far? thank you so much for having me, the most l much for having me, the most important parts of this book so far is the information on the conservative ship. it's been two years since she was released from though conservatorship... this is the most important takeaway from this book. it could be a historical
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moment, we are made to believe we are empowered as women but she was silenced. ., �* ., ,., ., ~' silenced. you've written a book about britney _ silenced. you've written a book about britney spears _ silenced. you've written a book about britney spears yourself. | silenced. you've written a book. about britney spears yourself. we often write about celebrities writing their autobiographies. how authentic do you think this is? i wrote my book in 2021 when she was still in the conservatorship because literally being a scholar, i went to the british library and didn't find a single block on britney spears. when i went looking, britney was a touchstone of so many key moments in socio— cultural phenomena. in this
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book, she did use a ghost it is anybody�*s individual opinion how authentic it is. it is the first time that britney has at least been able to put her ideas across whether this is through a gate ghostwriter or otherwise, something that this has never happened before. lets mention some _ has never happened before. lets mention some other— has never happened before. lets mention some other things in this book. you mentioned the conservatorship and distancing her financial activities from her father who was manning them for a very long time which sparked the free britney campaign. time which sparked the free britney cam aiun. . , time which sparked the free britney camaiun. . ,., time which sparked the free britney cam-rain. ., , ., ., campaign. parts of it were hard readin: , campaign. parts of it were hard reading. some _ campaign. parts of it were hard reading, some experts - campaign. parts of it were hard reading, some experts that - campaign. parts of it were hard l reading, some experts that came campaign. parts of it were hard - reading, some experts that came out last week. when she was 18 or 19 years old she terminated a pregnancy
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work that she had when she was in a relationship with justin work that she had when she was in a relationship withjustin to break. she does not specifically say that she wanted to keep the pregnancy that she did mention that having kids is important to her as she did believe should have a family with justin. it was sad and hard to read that because we can look back and see the heartbreak but later we find out thatjustin breaks up with britney through text message. in 2002 he broke up with her by text using two words and he talks about... she talks about being back home trying to mend her broken heart because this important relationship has been blown apart. she's reading
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the tablets and there are all these people hanging out withjustin in los angeles. you can really feel for her as a human.— her as a human. this book gives us an insiaht her as a human. this book gives us an insight into _ her as a human. this book gives us an insight into her _ her as a human. this book gives us an insight into her thinking - her as a human. this book gives us an insight into her thinking at - her as a human. this book gives us an insight into her thinking at the l an insight into her thinking at the time because the media gave us one perspective for example when she shaved her head in 2007. but she gives another perspective. yes shaved her head in 2007. but she gives another perspective.- gives another perspective. yes as the ublic gives another perspective. yes as the public we _ gives another perspective. yes as the public we all _ gives another perspective. yes as the public we all looked - gives another perspective. yes as the public we all looked and - gives another perspective. yes as the public we all looked and said| the public we all looked and said she went crazy but we have looked at britney and projected our wishes and desires onto her. she described the experience as being almost religious. she had been posed and prodded and stroked like a barbie in other peoples clothes for almost a
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decade at that point this was her taking back control. we decade at that point this was her taking back control.— decade at that point this was her taking back control. we run out of time this our. _ taking back control. we run out of time this our, thank— taking back control. we run out of time this our, thank you. - taking back control. we run out of| time this our, thank you. goodbye. weather persistent at times telling wendy by the end of the week, earlier today we've had outbreaks of rain moving their way northward through the midlands towards the north of england. we do have a met office warning for heavy rain in nottinghamshire towards humber. while particularly not heavy the rain will be falling on already saturated ground so there will be further issues with flooding as a result. sunshine through wales into
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one of the south midlands and wet weather pushing into the south—west later on. showers for northern ireland and parts of scotland, brightest in the west through the highlands and islands. the wet weather throughout the midlands will clear going into the evening and parts pushing into the south of wales and devon, hampshire and devon and kent. elsewhere dry with the clearest conditions in the west with some mist and fog around. on wednesday you can see there is a low pressure pulling away taking the overnight rain with that. for many it is a quieter day on wednesday, a dry day for many are certainly two parts of wales and the midlands into scotland and northern ireland, drying in the south. cloudy skies in scotland compared to everywhere else. like patches of rain in the east. 10—14 celsius. looking ahead
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to thursday, broad area of low pressure still with us, further weather fronts bringing pressure still with us, further weatherfronts bringing more of pressure still with us, further weather fronts bringing more of what unwelcome rain. that worked whether persistent nature at times concentrated in parts of it to scotland with showery outbreaks anywhere. temperatures of 9—15 celsius, north to south. very unsettled picture chart the course of the week. temperature —wise, 10-15 of the week. temperature —wise, 10—15 celsius north to south but will certainly rainy at times. that's the forecast.
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today at one... two israeli women taken hostage by hamas more than two weeks ago released last night.— released last night. today one of the women _ released last night. today one of the women held _ released last night. today one of the women held captive - released last night. today one of the women held captive has - released last night. today one of| the women held captive has been speaking about her ordeal. she was taken through the ploughed fields, with a man in front, on one side and a man behind her. and that while she was being taken she was hit by sticks. hamas officials say that more than 700 people have been killed in gaza in the last 2a hours. we'll have the latest from our correspondents on the ground.
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and also on the programme this lunchtime... at least 50 deaths in the uk linked to a website that promotes suicide. despite warnings from coroners, it still hasn't been closed down. the government tells schools in england to share with parents the material they use in sex education lessons. music. and a new memoir by britney spears reveals her life was so controlled she couldn't even choose her own meals. and coming up on bbc news, manchester united will remember sir bobby charlton tonight in theirfirst home match since his passing, as they take on copenhagen in the champions league at old trafford. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one, live
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from southern israel. one of the two israeli women released last night,

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